Thursday, 18 February 2010

Barcelona Marathon - First Stop: GAUDI

Barcelona, my most recent visited like one of the most fascinating areas of the much art, culture, fashion and spirit in one place. The people are very friendly and the possibilities to have fun, relax and enjoy the best time of your life are endless.
I would like to start my "BARCELONA-MARATHON" with the topic "Gaudi".
Gaudi is very important around Barcelona, much more than Pablo Picasso or Salavador Dali for example (which are more popular in Madrid). Antonio Gaudi still is very famous for his vision of perfect architecture. His work is so unique and special, it's almost spooky and scary. His masterpieces contain so many intricate forms and convoluted shapes that you need some patience and time to be able to understand all the hidden aspects and meanings. The beauty is in all the fine details that include 'stuff' like animals, humans, even geometrical errors (that seem to be that at first, but when you take a better look and think about it, it's just art in it's perfection). Gaudi was influenced by forms of nature, by it's changeability. For me it seems that each Gaudi-building looks very different depending on the angle you look at it from and on the perspective you have in that moment over the world and life in general. Very famous are: Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, Casa Batllo, Casa Mila, Casa Calvet and many more. I compare the genius of Gaudi with the genius of Tim Burton. They have a similar imagination and fascination for the bizarre, but in a good way (if that is understandable). When you view a Burton movie or look at a Gaudi creation you are lifted from this world of evil routine and boredom, you are finally allowed to escape the claws of the malevolent mediocrity of others in a world of ugly beauty, of beautiful weirdness. You can finally be "you" in a way that doesn't condemn you. Ok, in time, it also turned into a hobby or snobbery for many to say that they love Gaudi or many other artists just so that they 'fit in', today it became a trend to be 'different' (that's another topic). But it is one sad thing to just know about something and another to really understand that 'thing' and feel at the same wavelength with the artist. But enough about that...we were having a discussion about Gaudi! He is one of the most important national symbols of pride for Spain. Do enjoy the pictures (of Casa Batllo and Sagrada Familia) and who knows, maybe you'll go and visit those things in the near future in real life...

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Tune in later to find out more about Barcelona and other interesting topics. And if you want to know more about Gaudi, leave me a comment and I will tell you more :)


  1. Beauty pictures, I'm from Barcelona and I love Gaudí.

  2. oh yeess i love barcelona i have there pictures too =)

    =* =)